Please note that applications will be reviewed as received and should a suitable candidate be identified, we may close the vacancy early. Therefore, early application is encouraged.
Are you passionate about teaching our children about the very Earth we live on?
Do you have a background in military, gardening, agriculture, machinery, mechanical engineering or have strong technical skills?
Do you have a passion for supporting children with disadvantaged backgrounds and additional needs?
If so, please read the below and apply today!
Teaching students the importance of knowing where their food comes from and how to maintain natural spaces is a very important part of learning and maturing into adulthood.
Forest School is an outdoor education delivery model in which our students learn about our natural spaces and learn personal, social, and technical skills.
At St Lukes, we thrive on mentoring our students with a fun, approachable and skills-based learning platform, with skills which will stay with our student for life.
Key responsibilities will include:
- Developing and leading engaging forest-based activities;
- Facilitating outdoor learning experience to enhance SEMH student's well-being;
- Collaborating with the wider school community to integrate forest education into the curriculum.
St. Luke's Academy, rated 'Good' (Ofsted, 2022) is a vibrant, thriving and rapidly improving specialist school in Swindon, providing education for secondary-aged children with social, emotional and mental health needs. We have small class sizes, of between 4-8 students – very different to a mainstream school – but our students are worth it – and we are committed to helping each of our students reach their full potential.
We have a very motivated staff, who create an inspirational learning environment and we now have an exciting opportunity for an adventurous individual, who is passionate about working outside of the conventional classroom and embracing outdoor learning, to join our team as an Instructor of Forest School.
This is a challenging but rewarding role, so we want you to know that you will be well supported by a brilliant Pastoral Support team and Specialist Teaching Assistants.
Do you think you have what it takes to make a real, positive difference?! We have fun while we work, so a good sense of humour is important!
If you are not already Team Teach qualified, you will benefit from receiving this training. In addition to this, you will be kept up to date with the latest educational initiatives and benefit from a strong induction and support programme.
You will be passionate, inspiring and:
- Able to lead groups of students in forest school activities;
- Ideally, hold a relevant qualification;
- Able to plan and teach well-structured lessons;
- Possess excellent communications skills;
- Be experienced in working with children/young people, ideally with those who display challenging behaviours;
- Be ready to get involved and get stuck in;
- You will set high expectations for all
Why Work for us?
We think you will love working with us and here are some of the reasons why:
- We are a welcoming and supportive school with strong values and a caring ethos.
- Our staff are a hardworking team dedicated to helping children succeed.
- Our children are engaged and eager to learn.
- We have a supportive leadership team and wider school community.
- As part of The White Horse Federation multi-academy trust, we benefit from their support, encouragement, shared resources and outstanding CPD opportunities.
Why not come and see for yourself? We would love to welcome you to our school and show you around so that you can better understand our school environment. Please get in touch with the school office to arrange.
The White Horse Federation is a large Multi-Academy Trust in South West and South East England, committed to providing the very best education for our students. We believe in empowering our staff to be the very best they can be, and that is why you will find a wide range of professional development opportunities available to you when you join us.
We believe in valuing our staff, and one of the ways we can do that is by offering a range of benefits to our staff:
- Car Purchase Scheme
- Discounted Gym Membership
- Reward Gateway Discounts
- Cycle to Work Scheme
- Employee Assistance Programme
- Excellent Pension Scheme
Ready to Apply?
We hope we have done enough to give you a flavour of what it is like to work here. If you would like come and join us, then please apply today – we are looking forward to hearing from you.
The White Horse Federation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. If successful for this role, you will be expected to apply for a disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service before an appointment is confirmed. Please note that references will be sought on shortlisted candidates before the interview.
The White Horse Federation values uniqueness and recognises the benefit of having a diverse workforce. We value the contributions of all staff from a wide range of backgrounds and we are committed to building an inclusive workplace that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve. At The White Horse Federation, we believe that everyone should be treated with fairness and respect and share a commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at all of our schools. We welcome applications from all backgrounds and operate a fair recruitment process, free from discrimination against the protected characteristics, in line with the Equality Act 2010.
In line with Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023, we will be carrying out an online search as part of our pre-interview checks on shortlisted candidates.